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By ATWadmin On October 16th, 2008 at 11:15 am

In a Marathon they call it hitting the wall.   In this case it seems like the wall has hit us.  In any event, the debates are done, the conventions a distant meory and we have only a few weeks until the election itself. 

The candidates will now run like madmen (and a madwoman) across the so called battleground states for the next few weeks.  The candidate in trouble will usually gain ground as buyer’s remorse sets in.   Expect a tight vote in the end, although I suspect  an easier electoral college outcome.   It is Obama’s to lose at this point.   

And then we can start talking about 2012.        


By ATWadmin On October 16th, 2008 at 10:28 am

Well, if you have hop over here and get me a drink!

What do you make of the news that a restaurant chain has sparked fury by serving up pizzas with a topping of

The “Hopper” contains eight limbs on a traditional base with capers and an
anchovy sorbet. The £17.95 dish has angered campaigners who slammed it as “barbaric” — because
frogs’ legs are amputated while they are still alive. An Animal Aid spokeswoman urged people to boycott London chain Eco. She said: “The animals typically have their limbs hacked off while still
alive, having been captured by the bucketload from the wild in countries
like Indonesia. “I cannot believe people are so desperate to entertain their palates that they
want to be part of this vicious and callous trade.” Chef Sami Wasif came up with the idea on a trip to Paris — and called it
“refined”. He said: “I’ve been making pizza for more than 20 years and know that London
is a city always looking for something new.” He added: “Pizza is something you can experiment with. I might try one with
snails on it next.”

So, hands up who would devour a frog legs Pizza then? Ever tried this French..ahem “delicacy”? I have never had frog but back in my carnivorous era, I did have that other French fave, snails. Thing is, they were accompanied with lashings of red wine so I can’t recall the taste now! Have to say that I do not miss eating such creatures!


By ATWadmin On October 16th, 2008 at 10:23 am

Here’s a skeleton falling out of the banking crisis cupboard.

“The official UK local government spending watchdog today became the latest body
to be caught up in the Icelandic banking collapse. The Audit Commission confirmed that it had £10 million – around 4 per cent of
its annual turnover – invested in two Icelandic banks, Landsbanki Islands
and the Heritable Bank.The most recent deposit was made only three months ago.”

Yet three months ago, it was known that placing investment in the Icelandic banks represented VERY high risk.  So, shall we have a new independent Audit commission to investigate the Audit commission?


By ATWadmin On October 16th, 2008 at 10:14 am

I could not disagree more profoundly with  the contention that children as young as 10 should receive careers advice. Schools Secretary Ed Balls has said that pupils
in Years Six and Seven – the last year of primary school and first year
of secondary school – should learn about the choices open to them when
they leave school. Why?This government seeks to remove the joy of learning for the sake of knowledge and substitute this relentless dismal jobs focus on kids. It’s pigeon-holing and it’s wrong but it’s what Labour has been relentlessly pushing. So the brave new acedemic world involves 10 year olds discussing their preferred career choice and five year old discussing sexual  orientation. What a goon Balls is.


By ATWadmin On October 16th, 2008 at 10:06 am

It’s hard to determine which is the more criminal, the thief or the judge.

“A career criminal with 100 previous convictions has walked free from court on
charges of theft and assault after a judge decided to give him “one final
to stay out of trouble. Co Down man Seamus McCartan (right), who has a history of flouting bail
conditions and a community service order, escaped a jail term when Judge
Piers Grant decided to give him a chance and ordered him to carry out 80
hours of community service and 12 months on probation.”

I wonder if those who will be future victims of this career criminal be able to sue the injudicious Judge for damages?


By ATWadmin On October 16th, 2008 at 9:57 am

Great to see Gordon Brown has done such a marvellous job in saving our economy . The FTSE index of leading blue chip companies fell by 111.67 points, or 2.74
per cent, to 3,967.62, adding to yesterday’s 7 per cent decline following
dire retail data from the US and worse-than-expected unemployment figures in
the UK. Still, I blame the US, don’t you? I mean it’s not as if Gordon Brown was in charge of the UK economy for mor than the oast decade, is it? Oh..then again! The lesson here, which many of you may not accept is this; the MORE the governments intervene, the more damage will be caused.  Politicians do not bring answers, they create more problems.


By ATWadmin On October 16th, 2008 at 6:41 am

So, did you watch the final debate between Obama and McCain?

Seems to me there was a clear winner; Joe the Plumber.

This is the guy on the campaign trial that took issue with The One’s tax plans  in Ohio and McCain hammered the point home with considerble effect. All The One could do was smile and say that no-one liked paying more tax but hey, we live in changing times.  It is clear to me that Obama offers one thing to the American people; socialism. Last night, it became quite obvious as to the nature of the change he promises. It also became obvious JUST how disingenuous he  is when it came to his explanation as to his association with “Professor” Bill Ayers aka terrorist weatherman. Obama has some very shady friends but the media is not interested. They yearn for him to enter the White House and THAT is the only narrative they care about.

Obama is a charlatan, the modern day equivalent of the snake-oil salesman. The media want him and I believe the polls reflect what the media want to see. The ONLY poll that matters is that which takes place next month and we will all get to see then in Joe the Plumber can be conned by The One. Perhaps he can, and if he is, the price paid will be the importation of the failed European socialism.

I’m Sorry! :)

By ATWadmin On October 16th, 2008 at 5:12 am

I find certain readers/commenters are increasingly faulting me for not retracting my inaccuracies – whether real or imagined – in posts, or comments.  Apparently, inquiring minds need apologies.

So, please indulge me, dear reader….as I offer to anybody interested a blanket apology for any offense, inaccuracy, stupid remark, or just boring statement I might have made, will make, or even think about making in the future.

Sorry to offend or to have misstated, or (most importantly) to have bored.

Here’s the video to go with my apology.   At :49 is the exact way I feel.

I didn’t know Karl was black

By ATWadmin On October 15th, 2008 at 11:31 pm

A tax break for 95% of Americans, lets look at some of them. Right now forty percent of americans pay no federal taxes, except for the soc-sec scam that they pull involuntarily out of every paycheck of less than $100.000.

Now what Obama calls tax cuts are what I would call welfare checks. All those who don’t pay taxes this is the philosophy they will get. As he said to the plumber in Cleveland was told when he asked Obama why is your tax plan as a small business owner going to punish me?  “I don’t want to punish you I just want to spread the wealth around.” Sounds like Marx to me. Since when has it been the governments job to spread the wealth around.

Each person/family will get a tax cut which has somehow been redifined to mean the government will send you checks for  differen’t specific things $500 a person  or $1000 a couple for an economy credit to make work pay to phase out when your income reaches $75,000, as an individual and $150,000 as a couple, a Savings tax credit of 50% of a thousand dollars if you put it in a savings account a $4000 check for college tuition, a 10% mortgage tax credit above the already existing tax credit for your mortgage, an expansion of the earned tax credit to $500 up from $125 for singles and up to $1100 dollars if you pay child care credit of up to $6000 for every child a family has. and a clean car credit if you purchase the proper car.

All these taxes are refundable whether you pay taxes or not, so the 1/3 of people that pay no tax will still get this money in the form of checks mailed to them. In other words a massive transfer of wealth. from the top 60% to the lower 40%. In other words 63 Million people will have no tax liability yet will receive a check for tax credits by 2011 an additional 10 million people will pay no taxes but will receive checks.

Add on top of that he wants to increase spending by a trillion dollars, raise the capital gains tax, and the corporate tax. You can’t raise a vital economy by transferring from 647billion to over one trillion dollors of cash from people who pay taxes to those that don’t. This is the biggest transfer of wealth from tax payers to non-taxpayers in history and you wonder why I call him a Marxist.

Guiding the Press

By ATWadmin On October 15th, 2008 at 11:19 pm

Here is the talking points memo put out by the Obama campaign before tonights debate.

Wed Oct 15 2008 11:13:03 ET

The Obama campaign issued a set of debate ‘talking points’ to media on Wednesday morning, the DRUDGE REPORT can reveal.

Press Secretary Sean Smith issued the directive in an email from Pennsylvania, 12 hours before the debate.

The memo oddly mirrors much of the main press analysis and theme of the current campaign:

——– Original Message ——–
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2008 09:37:27 -0500
From: Sean Smith [s***mith@barackobama.com]
To: Sean Smith [s***mith@barackobama.com]

* This is John McCain’s last chance to turn this race around and somehow convince the American people that his erratic response to this economic crisis doesn’t disqualify him from being President.

* Just this weekend the weekend, John McCain vowed to “whip Obama’s you-know-what” at the debate, and he’s indicated that he’ll be bringing up Bill Ayers to try to distract voters.

* So we know that Senator McCain will come ready to attack Barack Obama and bring his dishonorable campaign tactics to the debate stage.

Obama continues to lead on the economic crisis with a rescue plan for Main Street.

* Over the course of the campaign, Barack Obama has laid out a set of policies that will grow our middle class and strengthen our economy.

* But he knows we face an immediate economic emergency that requires urgent action – on top of the plans he’s already laid out – to help workers and families and communities struggling right now.

* That’s why Barack Obama is introducing a comprehensive four-part Rescue Plan for the Middle Class – to immediately to stabilize our financial system, provide relief to families and communities, and help struggling homeowners.

* This is a plan that can and should be implemented immediately.

* Obama has shown steady leadership during this crisis and offered concrete solutions to move the country forward – and his Rescue Plan for the Middle Class builds on the plans to strengthen the economy and rebuild the middle class that he’s laid out over the course of this campaign.

* Already in this campaign, he’s unveiled plans to give 95 percent of workers and their families a tax cut, eliminate income taxes for seniors making under $50,000, bring down the cost of health care for families and businesses; and create millions of new jobs by investing in the renewable energy sources.

* John McCain has been erratic and unsteady since this crisis began – staggering from position to position and trying to change the subject away from the economy by launching false character attacks.